The Rise of the Arsacid Dynasty: Shifting Politics and Military Maneuvers – Part 2

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The Rise of the Arsacid Dynasty: Shifting Politics and Military Maneuvers

The Rise of the Arsacid Dynasty: Shifting Politics and Military Maneuvers – Part 2

In order to understand why Arsaces I, King and founder of the Arsacid dynasty raided and eventually conquered Parthia, we must first look to Bactria.

It is no question that Arsaces made his living by pillaging. But, according to Strabo, the pillaging taking place was against those who did not pay tribute.

(Read Part 1 - The Rise of the Arsacid Dynasty: Medical Mysteries and Rightful Heirs)

As mentioned, it seems evident that Arsaces’ “flight from the enlarged power of Diodotus” could indicate two possibilities.


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